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Mixed reactions trail Bonn intersessional amid finance concerns

Bonn delegates

As talks wrapped up in Bonn, Germany on Thursday, May 10, 2018, observers believe that countries must have a laser focus on advancing discussions towards a strong Rulebook. According to them, a fair, robust and transparent Rulebook must inspire confidence among countries to step up and commit to enhanced national climate targets by 2020. To unlock the ambition cycle, which ...

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No money, more problems as climate talks close in Bonn


United Nations climate change talks edged slightly closer to completing the Paris Agreement Work Programme, including guidelines on how to put the agreement into practice, despite rich countries persistently blocking progress on key issues like finance. Without advances in the talks over the commitment of future financial support from rich countries to developing nations, who are already facing devastating climate ...

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Activists caution government, Lagos on World Bank executives’ visit

Jim Yong Kim

The Our Water Our Right Coalition has expressed misgivings on the visit of World Bank Executive Directors to Nigeria supposedly to study the challenges and expectations of partners in West Africa, saying the visit was just a whitewash to consolidate on its plans for wholesale privatisation of Nigeria. World Bank Executive Directors that were part of the visiting team were from Switzerland, ...

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Urgency underlined as Bonn climate talks close


Against the backdrop of a record hot April 2018 in the host country of Germany, governments on Thursday, April 10 concluded two weeks of talks aimed at preparing the Paris Agreement’s operational guidelines for adoption at the annual climate conference to be held in Katowice, Poland in December. The guidelines are essential for determining whether total world emissions are declining ...

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Climate action now, not later, says ACT Alliance

Bonn closing

The climate change negotiations in Bonn wrapped up on Thursday, May 19, 2018 with little progress made on developing the guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The window for the negotiation of an ambitious outcome at COP24 appears to be narrowing, with little time left between now and December to finalise the process. “We can no longer afford ...

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Bonn talks: Civil society operatives reiterate call for urgent climate action

Tolanoa Dialogue - Rakiraki

As the Bonn climate talks came to a close on Thursday, May 10, 2018, civil society and non-party stakeholder groups have reiterated their call for urgent climate action. The groups demand that governments follow-up the Paris Agreement with increased urgent action to prevent average global warming from rising 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. At an action event at the Bonn climate change ...

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Bonn talks: The bigger issue of reducing carbon emissions in climate negotiations

GHG emission

A popular slogan with climate activists in global climate negotiations is “kick polluters out”. But fossil fuel companies are still welcome at the UN climate talks. The influence of the fossil fuel industry and other polluting industries has become a central topic of concern for governments. The issue of conflicts of interest and how to best ensure the integrity of ...

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New Ebola outbreak declared in DR Congo

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Bikoro in Equateur Province on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The outbreak declaration occurred after laboratory results confirmed two cases of EVD. The Ministry of Health of Democratic of the Congo (DRC) informed WHO that two out of five samples collected from ...

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Shell fund supports Nigerian contractors with N472b loans


Some 290 Nigerian contractors have received loans worth more than N472 billion under the Shell Contractor Support Fund, which was set up by Shell companies in Nigeria to help vendors and suppliers in the oil and gas industry secure funds at reduced interest rates, relaxed collateral requirements and quicker processing time. Also, Shell Companies in Nigeria awarded contracts worth over ...

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Somali, UN seek investment in alternative energy to halt charcoal trade

Somalia charcoal trade

At the closing of the international conference on charcoal in Mogadishu on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, the Government of Somalia and the United Nations (UN) have jointly called for stronger national and regional policies, and further investment in developing alternative sources of energy and alternative livelihoods in Somalia, to stop the illegal export of charcoal from the country. The two-day ...

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